Faculty Friday: Meet Engineering Technology Adjunct Professor Joe Cunningham

Faculty Friday: Meet Engineering Technology Adjunct Professor Joe Cunningham

Friday, October 5, 2018

Engineering Technology Professor Joe Cunningham, right, and his students put an industrial robot through its paces in NHTI's robotics lab.

Engineering Technology Professor Joe Cunningham, right, puts an industrial robot through its paces with students in NHTI's robotics lab.

Joe Cunningham brings years of industry experience and engineering education to his role as adjunct professor of electrical and mechanical engineering technology. In his three years at UNH Manchester, his enthusiasm, experience and focus on experiential learning has fostered the success of his engineering technology students.

Cunningham is a strong proponent in learning by doing, so his courses encourage hands-on work in robotics, environmental controls, motors and more. He not only believes applied projects are the best way for students to learn—it also gives them the skills and experience that employers look for.

With years of experience as an industrial engineer, Cunningham also shares his STEM expertise with younger generations through work with Project Lead The Way and the FIRST and VEX robotics competitions. In addition to teaching at UNH Manchester, he also serves as head of the industrial design, manufacturing, mechanical, robotics and automation engineering technologies department at NHTI.

Cunningham earned his M.Ed. from Rivier University and B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Merrimack College.

What do you like best about your job?

Working with students.

What is your favorite UNH Manchester memory?

Visiting manufacturing companies with students to complement classroom instruction.

Tell us your favorite:

  • Manchester restaurant: Republic
  • New Hampshire destination: Massabesic Lake
  • Book: Your Money or Your Life
  • Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Childhood book: Green Eggs and Ham
  • Childhood TV show: Three Stooges

What are your hobbies?

Woodworking and sailing.

Best vacation ever?

Tour of Europe.

We’d be surprised to know that…

I build my own furniture.

Which three famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party

Dalai Lama, Neil Young and W. Edwards Deming.

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?

Engineer.

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